Peace Is Still Up to the Palestinians

It’s difficult to gauge just how stalled the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, going on behind close doors right now, are. The relative paucity of leaks testifies to both sides not wishing to be blamed for what just about everybody other than Secretary of State John Kerry—the man who orchestrated the new round of negotiations—believes will be their certain failure. But that has not stopped both Israeli and Palestinian leaders from a degree of posturing about the talks that shows there is little reason for optimism even as Palestinian violence against Israelis seems to be ramping up in recent days. On the one hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being accused of inflaming the situation by referencing the support of Palestinian leaders for the Nazis in a speech given yesterday at Bar-Ilan University, the same venue where he formally embraced the two-state solution in 2009. On the other, leftist Israeli parliamentarians are praising Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas for what they see as conciliatory statements delivered in a meeting he held with them in Ramallah.

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Peace Is Still Up to the Palestinians

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